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For more information on Discover WVU, visit https://admissions.wvu.edu/visit/discover.

For the parents and families who attended our presentations at Discover WVU events this fall, thank you for coming! Here you can find the helpful information, tips and tricks, and websites shared during the presentation.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We post scholarship opportunities, money tips, and important reminders that can help you and your student stay on track for financial aid, scholarships, billing, and more!

Also see our special Parents page that addresses financial aid topics that parents and families often have questions on.


What Is the Mountaineer Hub?
Your connection to:
  • Student accounts and billing
  • Financial aid and scholarships
  • Student employment
  • Registrar
Emails for financial aid, scholarships, student accounts, and student jobs are sent from the WVU Mountaineer Hub to students’ WVU MIX email. Students can set their MIX email to forward to their personal email or set it up on their mobile devices. It is crucial that students pay attention to notices from the Mountaineer Hub because they could be about financial aid or a balance due.

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Basic Information on Common Types of Aid
Grants:
  • "Gift aid" meaning they usually do not need to be repaid
  • Most grants offered based on financial need from submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - although some grants have an academic/merit component.
Scholarships:
  • "Gift aid" meaning they usually do not need to be repaid
  • Most scholarships are offered based on academic merit - although some have a financial need component.
Federal Work-Study:
  • Part-time employment opportunity
  • Offered based on financial need from submitting the FAFSA (prior to March 1)
  • These are funds students earn in a paycheck, so this is more to help with other educational expenses such as personal costs in college.
Loans:
  • "Borrowed aid" meaning they must be repaid with interest
  • Borrowed from the federal government or a private lender
  • By submitting a FAFSA students may be offered limited loans from the government in their name (not based on credit score).
  • There are also loans students and parents may apply for that are credit-based loans they must be approved for.
  • Students and parents are not required to take loans, but if the student needs them to achieve their educational goals and invest in their future, a loan is an option to consider. However, only borrow what you need. Live like a college student while in college to keep debt down as much as possible.

Financial Aid Is a Process
It's important to realize that financial aid is a process. A student doesn't just apply for aid and then everything is done.
  1. The student applies for financial aid for fall and spring.
  2. After submitting the FAFSA, students will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) if they provided an email address. This will show their FAFSA information, potential aid, and issues that may need corrected.
  3. WVU notifies the student (via their MIX email) if additional information is needed (if any). Sometimes after submitting their FAFSA, students may need to correct their FAFSA or provide information missing from their FAFSA. Sometimes they need to submit additional documentation to verify information they provided on their FAFSA. Not making necessary corrections or providing requested documentation can prevent the University from being able to offer a student financial aid or disburse aid to a student's account.
  4. Once everything is good, the student will be notified of their financial aid offer.
  5. The student accepts or declines their financial aid online. They'll be provided instructions on how to make a decision on their aid offer (as part of their financial aid notification).
  6. WVU notifies the student if their are additional requirements after they accept their aid (if any).
  7. The student completes the additional requirements (if there are any).
  8. Aid that is ready to pay (no outstanding requirements) disburses to the student's account around the start of the semester.

Applying for Financial Aid: FAFSA
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the myStudentAid app or at fafsa.ed.gov. The app means students can do the FAFSA right from their phone!
  • The FAFSA is how students apply for federal financial aid such as federal grants, Federal Work Study, and federal loans.
  • Sometimes other aid requires that a student has a FAFSA on file - such as aid from states, institutions, and private entities - so it's a good idea to submit a FAFSA every year.
  • FAFSA must be submitted every year for continued aid consideration.
  • The FAFSA becomes available on October 1 every year for the following academic year.
  • The 2019-2010 FAFSA asks for 2017 tax information. Those are the taxes filed this year, so students are not waiting on 2018 taxes because that's not what they need!
  • The priority deadline is March 1, but the sooner the better! Financial aid is a process so students should submit their FAFSA early to allow themselves as much time as possible to go through the process and plan and prepare for the upcoming fall.
  • Helpful sites:

Applying for Financial Aid: State Aid
  • Students should research and apply for aid from their state higher education agency (if available).
  • West Virginia residents have various scholarships and grant opportunities via the College Foundation of WV at cfwv.com.
  • Non-residents of West Virginia should contact their state higher education agency to see if there are state aid options available that they can use while attending WVU (i.e aid that will transfer to out-of-state institutions). Find contact information for your state on the U.S. Department of Education State Contacts website.

Applying for Financial Aid: Institutional Scholarships
  • There is an automatic review process, so a separate application is not needed for most of our institutional scholarships. However, students might need to apply for scholarships from their college/department (varies by program of study).

  • For consideration, students must be admitted, have their most recent high school transcripts on file, and their most recent ACT and/or SAT test scores on file​.

  • We super-score, which means if a student takes the test multiple times, we take the best score in each section to create a super-score.​

  • Institutional scholarships are awarded in addition to PROMISE (for eligible West Virginia residents), which means they are considered “stackable” up to the student’s cost of attendance.

  • February 1 is the deadline for most institutional scholarships. For students eligible to apply for the Bucklew and Foundation scholarships, everything must be on file by January 6 and those students eligible to apply will receive additional information later.

  • If a student's GPA increases and they submit new transcripts, or they submit new test scores, those will be reviewed for scholarships (or increases to the student's scholarship offer) until the deadline​.

  • Monitor mountaineerhub.wvu.edu for updates to deadlines. Sometimes deadlines are extended for new scholarships or accepting updated transcripts or test scores​.

  • Visit the Admissions Cost and Aid website to estimate scholarship eligibility.

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Applying for Financial Aid: External (Private) Scholarships
  • External scholarships are those students apply for through private entities.
  • There are various scholarship resources students can explore in their local areas such as:
    • High school counselor
    • Local businesses
    • Alumni associations
    • Libraries
    • Churches
    • Nonprofit organizations
  • Scholarship Search Engines
  • Tips on Applying for External Scholarships

Other Funding Options
What if federal, state, and institutional aid don't cover the student's bill? Visit the Other Funding Options site for more options, such as our monthly payment plan.


Start Getting Some Estimates!
Use our Net Price Calculator to estimate potential financial aid and costs. The calculator includes both direct costs the student will be billed (like tuition and fees), and it includes estimates for indirect costs the student may have (like books, supplies, transportation, and personal costs).

Students can also estimate their institutional scholarship eligibility at the Admissions Cost and Aid website.


Timeline
Early Fall 2018 (Preparing for Fall 2019)